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Friday, May 7, 2010

Candidates spotlight views at LWV Forum

Candidates Larry Bearfield and John Gorecki are challengers for the one slot on the Board of Selectmen (BOS), and they indicated a few differences in positions at the League of Women Voters Forum on Sunday. The forum provided all candidates for town office a chance to put their views before the voters and hear questions from the community. About 30 townspeople ...more

Article 28: Carlisle considers “Stretch Code”: Area towns signing up

Should Carlisle adopt a more rigorous building code to boost home energy efficiency? At Annual Town Meeting on May 10, Article 28 will ask voters to adopt the “stretch code,” an optional supplement that raises the requirements on energy efficiency for new homes, additions and major renovations. The stretch code would make home construction and repair more ...more

Carlisle gains emergency notification system

Next year the town will be able to contact residents in case of emergency through a single mechanism. The Board of Health has found that they can apply some of the remaining H1N1 grant funds ($6,150) to pay for the first two years of an emergency notification system. The state requires a 50/50 match from the community, and an ongoing commitment to continue ...more

Article 20: Should town reduce or eliminate CPA surcharge?

Currently, townspeople pay a 2% surcharge on their property tax bills for the Community Preservation Act (CPA) program. Adopted by Carlisle in 2002, the CPA creates a dedicated funding source to be used for historic preservation, open space, recreation and affordable housing. At Annual Town Meeting on May 10, citizens will be asked under Warrant Article 20 ...more

Article 21: Bog House tops CPA funding requests

Town Meeting will vote on how to use CPA funds for the coming year, based on a list of requests which have been reviewed by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). The CPC is recommending voters authorize: $165,000 for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Cranberry Bog House; $50,000 to fund the Housing Coordinator Position for the town for up to 28 ...more

Article 15: CCHS Technology Stabilization Fund

May 10 Town Meeting will vote on whether to create a Technology Stabilization Fund for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District in Warrant Article 15. Its purpose will be to reserve funds to lower future tax levy impacts on operating budgets for the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) technology equipment replacements and networking service upgrades. Carlisle ...more

Article 17: Minuteman Tech study

If building projects at the Carlisle Public School and the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School were not enough, the town will also decide upon authorization of funds for a feasibility study at the Minuteman Technical and Career Regional High School at Town Meeting (Article 17). The Selectmen unanimously support the Article. ...more

Article 16: Capital expenditure, CCHS renovation study and design

This Article asks the town to authorize the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District to borrow $1.3 million for a feasibility study and schematic design for renovation of Concord-Carlisle High School. Carlisle’s share of the $1.3 million will be roughly $390,000. However, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has indicated it may reimburse 31% ...more

CCHS mourns second student death

On Wednesday, April 28, junior Tyler Ryan of Concord, who attended Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS), took his own life. Principal Peter Badalament notified parents that support was being offered to students and staff in response to the death. He wrote “I know this information will have a significant impact on the students and many of you, as we ...more

ConsCom shorts, April 27

249 Concord Street. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) previously reviewed a plan presented by George Dimakarakos of Stamski and McNary for Walter Hickman for an addition, increased driveway paving, and portions of a septic system, and found that requirements to protect wetlands resource areas have been met. ...more

Selectmen shorts, April 27

School project borrowing. The Board of Selectmen (BOS) on April 27 approved Carlisle Treasurer Larry Barton’s proposal to borrow a million dollars to cover authorized expenditures in the school building project. “If we were not to borrow money now, by the end of June we’d be running a deficit,” said Barton ...more

ConsCom finds Benfield stream is intermittent

The babbling brook that flows beneath South Street may be intermittent, but the controversy surrounding it is more perennial. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) once again dipped their toes into the troublesome waterway on April 27 and finally resolved the water fight by reconfirming their earlier determination that the stream is indeed intermittent. ...more

Board of Health weighs in on Benfield

The preliminary septic system details for the Benfield Farms affordable housing project met with qualified approval at the Board of Health (BOH) meeting on April 27. They reviewed the site plans and engineering data in order to provide advice to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), which has been asked to grant a comprehensive permit for the project. The board ...more

Board of Health considers oil spill, flooding damage

Oil spill cleanup. Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) Agent Linda Fantasia reported on the ongoing clean up of the oil spill that occurred at 125 South Street last month. Crews are on the site every day, she said. “It’s quite a situation.” The spill involved about 300 gallons of oil, according to BOH member Marc ...more

Articles 25 - 27: Zoning Bylaw revisions for Wetland/Flood Hazard District, Site Plan Review

Town Meeting Warrant Articles 25 - 27 all deal with proposed revisions to Carlisle’s Zoning Bylaws and each requires a two-thirds majority vote for adoption. Articles 25 and 26 relate to updating the Wetland/Flood Hazard District. Failure to accept these changes could result in Carlisle’s suspension from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Article ...more

Accidents slow traffic on Saturday

On a warm spring day some residents found it took a little longer to get where they were going. On Lowell Street, just after noon, a bicycle ran into a truck and the only damage was a small scratch to the truck. ...more


The April 16 article, “Carefree high school days? Not really” stated, “Last year a student took her life after a night of drinking, and this year a former student committed suicide.” Concord Academy Director of Media Relations Gail Friedman notes that the cause of death of the former Concord Academy student was pulmonary embolism, not suicide. The Mosquito ...more

Summary of Warrant Articles for 2010 Annual Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen unanimously support all Warrant Articles except 21 and 26 (see below). The Finance Committee (FinCom) supports funding-related Articles 3-19 and 21-24. The Planning Board supports the Zonong Bylaw revisions proposed in Articles 25 - 27. ...more

Board of Health agenda for Tuesday, May 11

7:30 Minutes, bills ...more

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